Chinese sword (nji 112)

Chinese sword (nji 112)

Chinese sword (nji 112)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale Click to Enlarge Image ” THIS IS ONE OF A SERIES OF SWORDS THAT WILL BE FEATURED IN THE ” FEATURED WEAPON SECTION OF KUNG FU TAI CHI MAGAZINE.” This sword is being offered for a short time only. As collectors of Chinese arms know most of these weapons from China were seized and or destroyed in the past and are becoming very hard to find. This sword in particular was acquired from a West coast dealer over 25 years ago. The blade is most likely from the mid 18 Century to the mid 19th Century, maybe older. It is very hard to date Chinese swords unless it still retains the original mountings. Most Chinese blades are not signed or dated and dating can be a task. Opinions can vary from the many experts. We were told that this blade is a true seven star sword blade and the brass that is left representing the stars were original and not added at a later date mainly due to the fact that each star is connected by the remnants of a wavy inlay which connects each star. This was usually only found on original seven star blades. The later brass additions on other blades were just usually round inlays of similar dimension and added at a later date. This is a monster to behold and wield. The blade is hand forged and the laminating patterns and tempered edge are can be seen throughout. The saya was made from rosewood we believe as well as the handle which is intricately hand carved with Dragons which...
Chinese sword (nji-111)

Chinese sword (nji-111)

Chinese sword (nji-111)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale ” THIS IS ONE OF A SERIES OF SWORDS THAT WILL BE FEATURED IN THE ” FEATURED WEAPON SECTION OF KUNG FU TAI CHI MAGAZINE.”   This sword is being offered for a short time only. As collectors of Chinese arms know most of these weapons from China were seized and or destroyed in the past and are becoming very hard to find. The blade is most likely from the mid 17 Century to the mid 19th Century, maybe older. It is very hard to date Chinese swords unless it still retains the original mountings. Most Chinese blades are not signed or dated and dating can be a task. Opinions can vary from the many experts.This is an excerpt from an article by Philip Tom of Mandarin Mansion who reproduced the handle of this sword. As you can see the blade closely resembles the sword second from the left. This particular sword was found many years ago in a consignment shop located very close to Boston’s Chinatown district. It was located in a very old building which has undergone Gentrification since. The building now has been converted to housing condominiums and the shop no longer exists. The blade was found in this saya with remnants of an old handle that was not restorable and stripped of its fittings. The shop owner at the time was told that this was most likely a 14 or 15 Century blade and was originally mounted with solid gold fittings and habaki that were stripped by the prior owner and refitted with this saya...